Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is a medication that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction. If you have developed a dependence upon heroin, prescription painkillers, or morphine, Subutex has proven to be a safe and effective medication to help put an end to your destructive pattern of opioid abuse. When used as directed and as part of a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can help alleviate cravings to use your drug of choice, while also preventing the onset of withdrawal symptoms.

The only way to know if Subutex is right for you, however, is to first consult with a qualified professional who can assess your individual needs and concerns. This professional will then be able to determine which type of treatment will best meet those needs and can discuss various treatment options with you.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Buprenorphine, which is the active ingredient in Subutex, is an opioid medication that has addictive properties. The risk for becoming addicted to buprenorphine, however, is said to be low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. Taking Subutex will not cause a positive result to occur on a drug screening. The urine tests that are typically used for drug screening purposes will detect other opioids, such as heroin, but it will not detect the presence of buprenorphine. There are specific tests, however, that have been created to test for buprenorphine, but these tests are not typically included on standard drug screen panels.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that you continue to use Subutex will be determined solely by you and your physician, along with input from your counselor. Some individuals will remain on Subutex for longer periods of time than will others, but it will all be determined based on your unique needs and concerns.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. Mixing Subutex with other types of drugs or medications can lead to any number of negative side effects. Depending on the specific medication that is being consumed, these side effects can range from mild to moderate to severe. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more specific details regarding the possible interactions that can occur based on the particular medication(s) that you are taking. Additionally, individuals who are taking Subutex should avoid using recreational drugs or drinking alcohol because these substances can also negatively interact with Subutex.

As is true for taking any type of prescription medication, you should make sure that your prescribing physician is aware of any other medications that you are currently taking or any drugs that you are using so that warnings can be provided regarding possible side effects that may arise.

What if I no longer wish to take Subutex? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

If you choose to stop taking Subutex, it is important that you work closely with your physician in regards to weaning yourself off of the medication rather than simply ceasing your consumption altogether. It is not uncommon for individuals to begin medication assisted treatment by taking Subutex and then transition to taking Suboxone for more long-term care. These decisions, however, will be made in conjunction with your doctor and therapist and will be dependent upon your specific needs and reactions to the medications themselves.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

All of the treatment supplied by the qualified professionals at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly personalized and is designed to be a truly individualized experience for each client who is entrusted into our care. Part of this personalized experience includes the development and implementation of treatment plans that are customized to meet your unique and specific needs. Because of this customization, the cost of the care you receive will depend upon a number of varying factors. To discuss your needs and to determine the price of the medication and therapy that will be included in your treatment plan, please feel free to contact one of our intake experts.